8 Secrets To Developing A Voice You Love

In Love With Your Voice

Sometimes, I have students telling me that they hate their voices. Since there is no way to change your voice, why not accept it, condition it and learn to fall in love with it?

What Makes Our Voice Unique?

Researches pointed out that our vocal quality is like our fingerprints. No one is the same.

There several explanations of why everyone’s vocal is unique:

      • The shape and size of the vocal folds;
      • Individual’s body size;
      • The size of the vocal tract;
      • The stamina of an individual
Everyone has a unique voice.

Secrets to Developing A Unique Vocal Quality

Secret #1: Posture

Posture affects your breathing. If you want to drink water, would you prefer to drink from a straight straw or a bent straw? If you stand straight but not stiff, your lungs and trachea can work together without much congestion. Doing this will give you a well-sustained breath.

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Ensure Good Posture For A Smooth Vocal Flow

Secret #2: Breath Control

Try expanding your rib cage to increase the space in your chest cavity. As your lungs expand, more air is sucked in through your nose or mouth. This means that you can sustain your breath longer without constantly grasping your breath to complete a long statement.

Secret #3: Enunciation

Speech clarity helps you to project a confident voice. Make sure you open your mouth when you articulate and exaggerate your mouth movements. Doing mouth exercises will help to enhance speech clarity. After all, our speech organs, namely, jaw, palettes, teeth, tongue, vulva, and lips, shape our mouth to articulate with vowels and consonants. 

Secret #4: Speaking Pitch

Make sure you place your pitch correctly while speaking.  Visualize this:

Imagine your body is a 10-story elevator. 

Hence:

Chest Resonance will be on the first floor.

Low Resonance will be 3rd floor.

Mid-Resonance will be 5th floor.

High Resonance will be 8th floor.

Head Resonance will be a penthouse (10th floor and above)

As a speaker, we place our tone from Low resonance to High resonance. As for singers, they will have to utilize all the resonances. We also call these resonances “the registers.”

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Secret #5: Speaking Speed

The ideal speaking speed is about 120 words per minute.

That will measure 2 words per seconds.

Try to record your speech and then evaluate your speaking speed. For non-native English speakers, whereby speaking too fast and with a strong native accent is a disadvantage in a presentation, this is an important technique to learn.

Here is a formula for you:

Standby a timer and start reading a paragraph.

You read 1,000 words in five minutes;

You would perform the following calculation:

1000 / 5 = 200

Therefore, you read at a rate of 200 words per minute

(Source: penandthepad.com)

Secret #6: Volume

You don’t want to whisper at a presentation. No one is going to hear you. You don’t want to shout either. You want to produce a firm but loud sound. This is where proper voice projection skills come in. Use your diaphragm to speak. The diaphragm will help to push the air out of your mouth to execute a loud sound without straining your vocal cords, like shouting.

Secret #7: Record Yourself

Download a voice recording app on your mobile phone. Present or recite a script. Record it. Play it back and listen. Vary your vocal tone, your speed, and your volume. Gradually you will discover a style that you are comfortable with and suits you.

Secret #8: Diet and Medication

Avoid taking dairy products, honey, and fruits before your presentation, as it will stimulate the secretion of mucus in between your vocal folds. As a result, your vocal folds might not be able to vibrate properly, affecting your voice’s quality.

Some medication such as muscle relaxant helps relax your body muscle and relax the muscles around your vocal cord. This will result in weak vibration, and your voice will sound muffled.

In Conclusion

There is nothing as good or bad voice. A good vocal without polishing and conditioning will not sound nice and professional. So, stop hating your voice but start conditioning it, and you will fall in love with it in no time.


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Achieve Excellent Presentations with Voice Resonance

In my earlier blog, I talk about the differences between vocal training for speech and for singing. Let’s dive in a little further to talk about how to improve your presentation with voice resonance.

What is Resonance?

“Resonant voice is described as a pattern of voice use with oral vibratory sensations during easy voicing.”

Source: Verdolini K, Druker DG, Palmer PM, Samawi H. Laryngeal Adduction in Resonant Voice. Journal of Voice 1998, 12(3): 315-327.

Vocal resonance occurs when two vocal folds oscillate (or vibrate). The buzzing sound will travel from your vocal cords either down to the chest or out to your mouth, or up to your head.

Voice Resonance And Speech Organs

Various Parts of Vocal Resonance

There are 6 resonance altogether that will help you be more expressive when presenting:

Resonance TypeDescription and Behavior
LarynxWhen the vocal cords vibrate, the air passes over the folds and travels through the larynx, causing a wave response chain.

It travels to other parts of the resonating points, changing the sound’s intensity depending on the diaphragm, throat, and mouth muscles.

It is important to keep your larynx relaxed so that the air can travel without straining it.
Pharynx The next resonating point after the Larynx is the Pharynx.

It is located between the nasal cavity and the Larynx. It forms a little passageway for the air to pass through.

By lifting the soft palate in the mouth, it will heighten the resonance.

Hence, raising your soft palate when speaking or singing is crucial to avoid the nasal sound.
MouthAs the air pass through the Larynx and Pharynx, it will execute out from the mouth and produce a sound.

The speech organs, namely lips, jaws, tongue, teeth, soft and hard palettes, and uvula, will form sounds of vowels and consonants.

Thus, to articulate clearly, speakers and singers have to focus on shaping the speech organs to enhance enunciation.
Nasal
Cavity
In English Pronunciation, there will be a need to allow the air to pass through your nose via the Nasal Cavity.

Such as the consonant sounds “n,” “ng,” and the “m” in English Pronunciation.

Speakers and singers will only use this resonance when they have to executive the above-mentioned consonant sounds.
Upper SkullThe Upper Skull resonance is also commonly known as “head voice.”

The chain wave travels up to the top of your head to produce a high pitch.

This resonance is commonly used by opera singers, where they need to sing their repertoire with the highest pitch they can find.

However, in speech, we will hardly use it, other than when you tell a story to engage the younger kids where you need to raise your voice to the top

For female speakers, you must avoid engaging the upper skills for a long period as it can be perceived as noise and can have an irritating effect on your audience.
ChestThe chest voice is the lowest resonance among all. It gives the speaker a rich and low tonality.

Some females have low chest resonance. However, as a speaker, low resonance can be perceived as low energy or being lethargic.

In Conclusion

Voice resonators form the uniqueness of each individuals’ voice quality. No two persons’ vocal is the same.

Sometimes, speakers might need to wake up the resonators before utilizing them.

In my next blogs, I will teach you how to wake up your voice resonance before a presentation.


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